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InterContinental Adelaide 

InterContinental Adelaide 

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

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Our review is based on our stay April 2011.

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Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Daintree Wilderness Lodge

83 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia

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Booking this place we knew it would be something special. It’s not your traditional hotel, but this is in no way a bad thing.

After meandering the winding and ever-changing roads we arrived at our destination. 

Surrounded by the Daintree National Park and located halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation. The Daintree Wilderness Lodge is conveniently located near many of the Daintree’s best sites. Built in the early 1990’s the lodge is managed by a couple who also live onsite.

The Queensland government is purposefully limiting infrastructure development in the Daintree National Park. This means the region has no mains supplied power, sewage system and limited cell phone coverage. By limiting the infrastructure they aim to deter major development that could threaten the integrity of the ancient rainforest. Therefore, the Lodge relies on diesel generated power stored in batteries. In the interest of responsible power usage, lighting and cooling systems are all high efficiency. To maximise the battery life visitors are encouraged to limit power usage during non-power generating hours.A fun fact a hairdryer will use up to 2500 watts in one use whilst the entire lodge uses only 3000 watts in one night.

The Daintree Wilderness Lodge has been awarded the Advanced Eco-Accreditation by the Eco-Tourism Association.  To maintain their Eco-Accreditation they;

  • Use spring water which is pumped via bore
  • Bio cycle system to filter our natural waste from showers and toilets
  • Natural decomposition of waste where possible
  • Limited diesel generated power consumption
  • Use of deep cycle batteries to power the lodge
  • Using local suppliers to reduce carbon air pollution
  • Reduction of food waste where possible

Walking into the lodge you instantly feel in tune with nature, having a sunroof allowing you to gaze up at the sky admiring the serenity that you are surrounded by.  There is respect shown to the environment. The pathways are and cabins are stilted to limit their footprint and impact on the rainforest.  This allows the local flora and fauna to go about their lives and immerses you in the rainforest experience.  It is not uncommon to see animals scurrying around our the front of your cabin. If you are really lucky you may get a visit from one of the local Cassowaries “Fred” who has been visiting the lodge since a hatchling. To keep visitors notified there is a posting board where visitors can show each other what local fauna they spotted on their walks and near the cabins. 

The nearby nature walk is clearly marked and will take about 30mins round trip, taking you past Hopes Cycad that is over 1000 years old.  Given Cycads take 100 years to grow just 1 metre, this is pretty special to see.  Doing this walk really gives you a chance to get amongst it and enjoy the beauty of the Daintree rainforest. 

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Knowing early on that we would be arriving late, we pre-arranged for them to leave the cabin keys out for us.  Only having seven cabins at the accommodation allows it to be intimate, private and each lodge features its own boardwalk leading to your front door. 

If you are not relaxed enough from “switching off” from civilisation you can always take a dip in the heated spa.

Need something to read? You can take advantage of their “book swap scheme”. A small library features books from all over the world and a small selection of DVDs that can be played on your TV/DVD combo in all the cabins. If you want to learn more about the flora and fauna you see during the day, there is a great selection of books that you can educate yourself with. But please remember they are not part of the “book swap scheme”

STAFF:  

The staff and friendly and very accommodating. If there is no one at the reception counter, there is an intercom that you can press and they come in a very timely manner. We asked for some assistance with a booking and they were able to secure a tour with very short notice through their network of guides.

FOOD and DRINK: 

Their private restaurant ‘CYCAD’ provides its services exclusively for Daintree Wilderness Lodge guests.  Breakfast is offered between 8-9 and consists of tropical fruit and then your choice of toasted muesli served with yoghurt, croissants served with butter and jam or a cooked breakfast which changes daily.  Their coffee and tea are all locally grown, in fact, all their ingredients are locally sourced.  Dinner is served between 6-7:30pm and you must place your order before 4pm. They do this to reduce food wastage.  The dinner menu is placed at reception each morning allowing you to choose your menu items. From the time to time the kitchen is closed. When it is closed, management provides guidance on restaurants in the area and arrange bookings for guests. The Dinner was a very nice, with a focus on local ingredients it was great to get a taste of Far North Queensland.

Leaving here we were most certainly relaxed, getting back to nature really calmed and re-invigorated us.  We would definitely say if you are heading to North Queensland, stop by here for a couple of nights, it will be worth it!

Our review is based on our stay October 2016.

STAR RATING (tourism industry score):

Accommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star Full

FRIENDLY GLOBES REVIEW RATING (our score):

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Blue Lagoon Clinic

Blue Lagoon Clinic

240 Grindavík, Iceland

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There a very few places that are more quintessentially Iceland than the Blue Lagoon. What a way for us to end our time in Iceland, but definitely wish we had longer.  From the moment we checked in it really felt like we were at an exclusive luxurious hotel.

If you want the crowds you can move to the main Blue Lagoon after 5pm using your complimentary free pass, but we opted for the peacefulness and exclusiveness of this pool. They provide you with flip flops, bathrobes and floating rings.  It was a truly magical and unique experience, where else can you treat yourself to a white silica mud mask?  The only word we could use to describe this experience – surreal.

Whilst this hotel may seem isolated, it is the perfect way to end your vacation in Iceland given its amenities and proximity to the airport.

ROOM: 

All rooms offer a glazed wall and with external door for you to take in the views.  The shower room was amazing, from all of the hotels we have stayed in, this room was by far the largest and best designed.  Every bit of furnishing used in the room was a perfect fit and with only 35 rooms on offer, this really was the exclusive stay we wanted.

STAFF:

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The Clinic offers a beautiful surrounding of moss covered rocks with its own private geothermal pool for guests only.  While there is no bar at the pool, they do have people on standby ready to take your drinks order. Unfortunately, there is no restaurant here so you will need to make your way to the Lava restaurant (reservations only) down the path at the main Blue Lagoon.  Breakfast (continental only) was traditional and lovely, with plenty of cold cuts of meat, cheese, skyr yoghurt, salmon, wholegrain breads, fruit salad and unlimited flavoured water, tea and coffee.

Our review is based on our stay March 2016.

STAR RATING: 

Accommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star Full Accommodation Star Full

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ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir vid Thingvallavatn
801 Selfoss
Iceland

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ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is a member of the Design Hotels group and fits well with the rest of their portfolio. It is undoubtedly fashionable and trendy. The largest draw card being the remoteness and viewing of the northern lights. Unfortunately the weather was not favourable and and the stunning vistas promised eluded us.

Hotel is a 40min drive from Reykjavík, it sits on the side of a small valley encircled by nature.  It is a real gem waiting to be discovered.

Walking in, the reception is big and the styling is in keeping with the amazing exterior with an abundant use of recycled and repurposed materials.  The property offers unrestricted and spectacular views and has won awards for the Scandinavian design.  The room is not the largest, but everything about it speaks quality. 

The Geothermal pool was amazing, sitting neatly amongst the angled building columns, again offering great views and incredibly relaxing.  It is not the biggest, but the hotel is boutique after all and, let’s be honest, small means less people which means more Lux.  
We could not recommend this hotel more highly, add it to your list!  The Ion Hotel really is an experience in itself, coupled with a level of service that was brilliant, providing just what you want from a hotel.

ROOM: 

The bed was king size, very comfortable and as an added bonus there was a Coffee machine in the room, they even provided a Mini iPad.  There was no bath, which was fine with us, and it was not a large bathroom but plenty of room to do what you need to do.  Toiletries provided were Organic.. The ever present smell of sulphur permeates everything, but it is Iceland after all. The view from the rooms fits very well with the Iceland aesthetic. Rolling boulders covered in moss and lichen almost seems otherworldly and had us looking for the mythical Icelandic gnomes and trolls. But honestly WiFi was the last thing on our mind we were much happier to lose ourselves in the natural landscape.

STAFF:

Unfortunately there are mixed reviews online regarding the friendliness of the staff. We are happy to say we found them very accommodating and friendly.

FOOD and DRINK:

With a dramatic view of Lake Thingvallavatn (Þingvallavatn) and the surrounding mountains the Northern Lights Bar is the perfect start to an evening.  The design is quite modern with a chic twist.  Books are on offer for those that like to read and guitars for those talented enough to strum and impress.  Cocktails were lovely and the Northern Lights Bar offered the perfect ambience and it really just set our night up.

Silfra has a reputation for good cuisine and good service. It certainly lived up to it for us. The Chef specializes in the slow food movement. Meaning all the recipes on the menu are designed around locally sourced produce and flavour profiles. The dinner we had there did not disappoint any of us, yes it was on the expensive side, but when you are literally in the middle of nowhere and in Iceland, you have to expect it. We had the 4 course menu and not one complaint from any of us whatsoever. The service was spot on with efficient and polite staff who had great knowledge of the menu and wine list.

A beautiful large breakfast buffet which satisfied us, even though there are no cooked options.

Our review is based on our stay March 2016.

STAR RATING: 

Accommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star Full Accommodation Star Full

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Grand Hótel Reykjavík 

Grand Hótel Reykjavík 

SIGTÚN 38, 105 REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

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We spent two nights at this hotel and having arrived around midnight, after a long international transit, it was delightful to see the hotel staff were helpful and our rooms were clean. The beds were extra comfy and the buffet breakfast was extensive with options for organic. As you walk into the hotel you are greeted by a vast and beautiful atrium, complete with a bar and lounge area with comfortable seating. Free Wi-Fi through the hotel.

It is only approx. a 20-minute walk to downtown Reykjavík, so take a walk along the waters edge for a scenic route and this will take you past the Sun Voyager.  For those that choose not to walk the hotel does offer a one-way shuttle 3 times a day to downtown.

We would be confident in recommending this hotel to anyone and we would happily stay here again when we revisit Iceland.

ROOM:  

The rooms are large and well appointed fitting with its four star rating.  We really liked the hardwood flooring and leather sofas. The rooms where clean and even passed the hidden dust spots test. It did get a little warm in the room overnight, but we opened the windows and the fresh Arctic air solved that problem. With options for atrium or “a view” our choices made little difference in the quality. We suggest the real “view” is achieved by walking out the front door and seeing Reykjavik.

STAFF:  

The staff were very friendly and very fluent in english.

FOOD and DRINK: 

Aside from a few drinks at the bar and buffet breakfast we did not partake in much of the hotels food and beverage services.

The bar had a good standard selection with some local brew options and of course Brennivin.

The Breakfast Buffet had a great selection of hot and cold standard options. Including the customary Icelandic Skyr. For the meat incline the blood sausage nuggets were very tasty.

Our review is based on our stay March 2016.

STAR RATING (tourism industry score):

Accommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star Full

FRIENDLY GLOBES REVIEW RATING (our score):

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Krystal Grand Reforma Uno

Krystal Grand Reforma Uno

Paseo de la Reforma 1, Tabacalera, 06030 Mexico, City, Mexico

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Not the best hotel we have stayed in, but the location was perfect.

ROOM: 

The hotel was under renovation at the time of our stay and guessing by the rooms it most certainly needed it.  It smelt of cigarette smoke throughout the hotel. The staff were not that helpful, but we didn’t spend too much time here anyways so we made do.  So, what was good? The room was large, but rather dirty and definitely in need of updating. The bed was comfortable, bathroom was ok, there was a fair selection of TV channels to choose from.

Lobby was incredibly large with an atrium running full height of the building, which hopefully with the renovations they can show off updated décor, rather than distasteful décor.

STAFF:

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FOOD and DRINK:

The hotel restaurant was not very appealing, but having got in late and unsure where to go, we opted to eat here. There was not a soul in sight, the food was ok, but we didn’t rush to eat here again.  

It is situated about 10min walk to the old town, with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.

If we were to go to Mexico City again we would probably stay in the same area, but choose a different hotel.

Our review is based on our stay Jan 2015.

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Bahia Hotel & Beach Club 

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club 

Av. El Pescador, s/n, El Medano, 23453 Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico

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1 block from Medano beach, we couldn’t have asked for a better location!

Bahia Beach Club Hotel is a very stylish boutique hotel close to all the restaurants that line the beachfront. Walking in and the bar/restaurant area was absolutely packed which to us was a good sign of things to come.  On the way to our room they had hammocks lined up in the walkway, a perfect place to chill and catch a nice cool breeze.  Pendant lights also adorned the walkways and threw out light and shadows in may differing patterns.

ROOM: 

We were on the ground floor and the rooms were well furnished with views looking out at the pool, there is a small kitchenette area with a microwave, bar fridge. The room had hand trowelled concrete floors and counter tops, plus built-in plastered bench seating and shelves that added to the boutique Mexican charm.  The bed was quite high, but comfy nonetheless.  The bathroom was concrete with a natural rain shower and the toiletries provided were lovely.

STAFF:

Unfortunately, there are mixed reviews online regarding the friendliness of the staff. We are happy to say we found them very accommodating and friendly.

FOOD and DRINK:

We had one morning which was dedicated to the pool, we took advantage of the swim up bar, the great pizzas, the Guacamole and tortilla chips and let’s not forget the cocktails! Being on the ground floor we could walk straight into our room from the pool, this was an added luxury.

This hotel was a lucky find and very glad we had the opportunity to stay here, as the staff, the food, the atmosphere…..everything was exceptional.

Our review is based on our stay New Years Eve 2014-2015.

STAR RATING: 

Accommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star Full Accommodation Star Full

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Grand Park Royal Cancun Hotel

Grand Park Royal Cancun Hotel

Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 10.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

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A great choice for an all-inclusive hotel that is affordable.

Walking in and you can really see the scale of the hotel and how busy it is going to be. We waited a little bit at check-in but I think we were kind of expecting that.  This was the biggest resort hotel we have stayed in.

ROOM:  

Our rooms were pretty basic but more than accommodating for what we were wanting and expecting. They were clean, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom large, actually the overall room was large. We were happy with this, we had a nice view of the pool and the crystal clear water and white sandy beach.

STAFF:  

The staff were very friendly and very fluent in English.

FOOD and DRINK: 

Buffett breakfast had everything you could want and they even made egg white omelettes which we thought was very accommodating to our wants and desires.  Lunch and dinner was just as extensive and indulgent.

All day refreshments are available and with 3 munchie stands, you will be surely not be left hungry.

We had dinner at El Mirador and were not sure what to expect, but surprisingly it was actually quite good. With drinking all day, we definitely needed carbs and that is exactly what we had.  If you want to dine here, you will need to ensure you make a reservation.

We would probably stay here again.

Our review is based on our stay Jan 2015.

STAR RATING (tourism industry score):

Accommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star Full

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Our review is based on our stay Jan 2015.

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The Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler 

The Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler 

4899 Painted Cliff Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada

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In large alpine resort towns, you can sometimes get lost in the sea of buildings. The beauty of the Coast Blackcomb Suites is you feel like you are one of the only hotels on the mountain. The hotel is siutated on the Painted Cliff Road one of the highest points for accommodation on the Blackcomb side of Whistler. Looking out of the hotel towards the Greenline Ski Run and Wizzard Chairlift it feels like the entire mountain is there just for you.  But of course, this is Whistler/Blackcomb. The largest ski resort in North America, you are actually sharing it with the world.  After a day of skiing, snowboarding, tubing or snowshoeing getting away from the hustle and bustle of the village is a nice break.  With that said, the Coast Blackcomb Suites is better suited to the quiet traveller or family group. 

If you are not taking advantage of the suites ski in ski out location or looking to venture out in search of Whistler nightlife, there is a public bus near the main entrance. It very convenient to pick up some groceries from the Whistler village or when you choose not to drive after a too many Après-ski.

ROOM: 

The rooms are fitted out like many alpine hotels. The walls are ordained with old skis and the occasional alpine painting. The general ambience is inspired by traditional European alpine culture.

The beds are reasonably comfortable and bathrooms modest without too much flair. All in all, worth the price you pay.

The suites are equipped with kitchenettes or full kitchens in the larger suites. There are options for multiple bedroom suites and bunk beds for children. The suites are great for those on a budget and looking to save some money on dining expenses.

Despite all the family groups staying in the suites, the rooms are quiet and peaceful. Keep in mind, during the ski season, you will likely awaken to the sound of ski boots stomping down the hallway.  Perhaps a welcome wake-up call, for those who want to follow suit and hit the slopes.

STAFF:

Whistler Blackcomb hires staff from all over the world. As with most ski resorts, you can expect to encounter a lot of Australians and Kiwis.  Because of our Aussie heritage, it’s always  nice to hear the Aussie drawl at the reception desk. The Vade’s put on their Canadian accents to see if anyone notices they are not from Canada and in fact Australians in disguise. All the Staff were friendly and accommodating, even happy to respond to a late night call answering a question about nighttime ski run grooming, that google couldn’t answer.

FOOD and DRINK:

The suites do not have a restaurant. So like most who stay there, we used the kitchen for a “mountain sized” cook up. After a long day on the slopes, it was nice to have a “home cooked” meal and there were enough left-overs for lunch the next day.  The suite room package comes with a tasty continental breakfast buffet.  A good way to start a day of adventure on the mountain. They also have a modest food store where you can pick up treats you may have forgotten like popcorn or chocolate.

In general, the Coast Blackcomb Suites are a good option for those wanting a peaceful location, on a modest budget and with cooking facilities. Great for families and serious skier/snowboarders. If you are looking for a close proximity to hit the Whistler nightlife, we suggest you stick closer to the village.

 

Our review is based on our stay April 2011.

STAR RATING: 

Accommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star FullAccommodation Star Full

FRIENDLY GLOBES REVIEW RATING:

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